Help bring selfish vandals to justice

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Ilkeston’s Victoria Park is one of the best spaces in Ilkeston – it attracts people of all ages doing a variety of fun things all year round. It’s great to see the park host well supported events like the Summer Sounds and Mid-Summer Happenings.
So, congratulations is deserved to the council which has managed to secure Lottery funding to help transform this beautiful park into an even better leisure space for us all to continue enjoying.
That’s why the selfish people who think it’s okay to go and dig up some of the bowling green for their own purpose need reporting.
It is incredible to believe someone has actually gone and dug up a few yards of turf over a number of nights and taken it away with them... no doubt they wanted it as their own lawn.
So the council, instead of spending money on improving the park, has to spend money on just getting it back to how it was and then no doubt even more money on security.
This complete disregard for other people and lack of any decency should not be acceptable in any community and I hope somebody who knows them reports them to the police.
It is after all the people of Ilkeston’s park and it is therefore up to the people of Ilkeston who use this space and others like it to say NO! This is not acceptable.

Paul Shelton

Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston.


School hols

The school holidays are now here and the children have broken up.
I’m a single mum with two primary school age children and I’d like us to go away as a family. But I can’t afford it due to the cost of holidays during the school break.
I could just about manage it if I took my two children out of school for a week in term time, but no, then I’d have to pay a fine and that I couldn’t afford on top of the cost of a holiday.
I bet I’m not the only parent in the same boat either. The fines over taking children out for holidays in term time need to be looked at again. While I agree a child’s education is vital, allowing one week for a family holiday will not be detrimental, I feel.
Having time together as a family during a break is very important too.
While it is different if your child is sitting exams and they should not be continually taken out of school, one week a year for younger children is a good thing I feel.
The travel companies will not be bringing down their prices I’m sure. Holidays in this country are very expensive, never mind looking abroad. And the increase in prices from June ones, when the children are at school, to those in the school holidays is hundreds of pounds. Powers that be please look at this again.

Single mum

Address supplied

unusual fly-tipped find

Teeth in bag
of rubbish

I have found a bag of rubbish by my gate (thrown at the gate by the look of it), but it had burst open and a top set of false teeth was inside!
This was on Saturday afternoon, August 2, in Birdcroft Lane, Ilkeston, so if anyone is now sucking their meals through a straw, please get in touch through the newspaper. Make it ‘snappy’ though, or they will be taken by the dustman!


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Is burger

van right?

Erewash Borough Council has given permission for a burger van to trade at Straw’s Bridge, and I wonder why.
Popular sites like Straw’s Bridge will always have a problem maintaining a balance between the preservation of habitats and wildlife on the one hand, and the provision of public access on the other.
It’s bound to be a compromise and until now I think the council has done quite well with the help of The Friends of Straw’s Bridge and a largely responsible public.
But not surprisingly, Straw’s Bridge is already very busy. It is an attractive destination because it is close to Ilkeston, next to a main road, has a free car park, seating, three ponds with paths around them and an abundance of wildlife. Rarely do I go past without seeing people walking, cycling, watching or feeding the birds.
At weekends in good weather the car park is often full, and twice a day in term time you can hardly get in or out for the school run.
But popularity brings its problems such as noise, litter, vandalism, dog fouling, the feeding of unsuitable food to the birds and so on. These are inevitable but can be kept to a minimum.
In my view, Straw’s Bridge does not need an attraction which is nothing to do with what the place is all about.The point is not to keep people away but to make sure that they enjoy their visit in a responsible way and are well informed about the natural aspects of the site.
Erewash Borough Council, which owns Straw’s Bridge, has been taking steps in this direction by installing new signage and interpretation boards.
These are very professionally done and can only enhance the visitor experience.
They have commissioned a biodiversity survey which will help them to manage the site more effectively and will support the bids they are thinking of making for Green Flag and Local Nature Reserve status.
I believe it is odd therefore that the council thinks that Straw’s Bridge needs the burger van, complete with generator and plastic tables and chairs, which appeared in the car park last month.
Nobody can blame councils for seeking to increase revenue, but surely this move does not improve the look of the place and is not in keeping with the purpose of the site or the other changes which are being made, I feel.

Jeff Wynch

High Lane East, West Hallam


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